As Sheriff Steve Moore, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Deputy Fire Chief Matt Duaime and California Highway Patrol Capt. Shann Setter spoke of the role of first responders at the Veterans of Foreign Wars commemoration of Patriot Day on Tuesday, Michael Emerson stood in the back holding an American flag.
On the back of his shirt was an image of Mark Bingham and the words, In Loving Memory, May 22, 1970-Sept. 11, 2001.
Bingham was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 when it left Newark, New Jersey, headed for San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001. When hijackers took over their flight, passengers on Flight 93 learned of the earlier plane strikes on the World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon, and Bingham and fellow passengers and crew members charged the cockpit door. They managed to get in, which prompted the terrorists to crash the plane into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Everyone on board was killed.